|07 March 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|Tom Maher has returned to coaching duties in China|
Great Britain won't be coached by Tom Maher at EuroBasket Women this summer after the play-caller decided to take up the reins of the Chinese national team, whilst Latvia have announced their pre-tournament plans.
UNCERTAINTY FOR GREAT BRITAIN
It has been a turbulent period for GB basketball during recent months, mainly because of the draconian funding cuts which have fuelled uncertainty over who will be responsible for the team at EuroBasket Women.
Australian Tom Maher has been widely praised for the work undertaken with Great Britain in recent years, including helping them reach their first ever major tournament and also racking up a historic first tournament win, but the veteran coach won't be continuing in the position.
Whilst it always looked a long-shot that he would be offered, or accept a new deal, the fears of British fans have been confirmed, after he chose to return to work with the Chinese national team.
Whilst the uncertainty around the Great Britain coaching position is due to be resolved very soon, fans have also been left reeling by news that star player Johannah Leedham has been handed a rookie WNBA contract by Connecticut Sun, a move which throws into doubt whether she will be able to participate in France.
LATVIA LAY OUT PLANS
Latvian head coach Aigars Nerips has revealed a 23-strong preliminary roster for EuroBasket Women, although once again, the list does not include marquee player Anete Jekabsone.
The UMMC Ekaterinburg guard has not played for her country since an outstanding contribution at EuroBasket Women 2009, but has still not formally announced her retirement.
Latvia will also be without Zane Tamane after she retired, a decision which followed similar decisions made by both Ieva Kublina and Gunta Basko-Melnbarde.
After spending time at a training camp from 08 May, Latvia will play Belarus and then face neighbours Lithuania, in what has developed into an annual fixture played in support of breast cancer awareness.
They will participate in two mini-tournaments, including one against hosts Sweden, Great Britain and Turkey at the end of May, then another including China, Czech Republic and Russia in Karlovy Vary from 06 June until 08 June.
The initial roster is as follows: Anda Eibele (SK Cesis), Elina Babkina (ZVVZ USK Praha), Asnate Fomina (RTU/Merks), Kristine Karklina (Ceyhan Belediye) Baiba Eglite (Karlovy Vary), Ieva Krastina (TTT Riga), Kristine Silaraja (SK Cesis), Kitija Laksa (TTT Riga), Anete Horelika (Pro Build Lions), Zane Jakobsone (SK Cesis), Liena Priede (University of Missouri), Dita Liepkalne (SK Cesis), Sabine Niedola (Cadi ICG) Ieva Kulite (Wolfenbuttel), Aija Putnina (UNB Obenasa), Dita Rozenberga (TTT Riga), Linda Rubene (Indiana University), Liene Jansone (Tarsus), Anete Steinberga (UTEP), Aija Brumermane (PINKK Pecsi 424) Anita Teilane (Haskovo), Liga Surkusa (OMC Cignoli Broni), Zenta Melnika (Alba Iulia)